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Palacio Nacional de Mafra

Terreiro D. Joao V, Mafra 2640, Portugal
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Mafra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Resort Communities
Activities: Dining
Traveler Description: Mafra Palace The Mafra Palace is located at Terreiro D. João V. Mafra is a town of 11,000 and holds the Mafra Palace. The palace, which also served... more »
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Cascais, Portugal
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I have lived in Portugal now for over 2 years. Mafra is one of my most favorite towns! In August there is a festival of breads and pastries and it is simply delightful and tasty!!!! The cathedral has recently been renovated and they have done an exceptional job. The statues and the magnitude of the cathedral is simply amazing. This... More

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133 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Traveling between Oporto and Lisbon, our tour scheduled a stop in Sintra where we had the opportunity to tour the interior of this historical treasure, built at the end of the 14th century. A most beautiful dining room (sala dos cisnes) ceiling depicts 27 white swans, all wearing a royal crown upside down around their necks. The swans appear to... More

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Cerritos, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We toured here in early May. The building is huge and is full of all sorts of interesting furniture and architecture. There is even a room in which everything is made of antlers. The library rivals the one in Coimbra. The place is huge - we felt like we walked for miles. Exhibits were well marked. The building has had... More

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north yorkshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

One really does not expect to find this palace, one of the largest in Europe, in the middle of a smallish town in the middle of Portugal but it is well worth the journey. This was one of the royal summer retreats but has shared alternative uses over the years, and the hospital area with its beds and undescribable instruments... More

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Port aux Basques, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The huge palace and cathedral look a little austere and decrepit (run down) from the outside. We almost didn't do the full interior visit (6€) but it was well worth it. A very kind, friendly and helpful staff member (is anybody in Portugal not kind, friendly and helpful?) explained to us with pleasure some of the extraordinary history. Many of... More

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162 reviews 162 reviews
47 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Huge palace that once was the summer place to the monarchy but in the same time, place for monks. Very interesting and wonderful library!

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Ottawa, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
37 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Another attraction closed when the information/signage showed it should be open. Given that we drove out of our way to see this, it was very disappointing to find it locked up tight!! Square leading up to the Palacio is very large. Not all was lost as we had one of the best lunches (and only 8 euro for 2 soup,... More

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Algarve, Portugal
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192 reviews 192 reviews
35 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This is a huge palace , well perserved, must visit it with time. Has everything. The palace itself, the enfermary, the church with the fabulous bells and organs, and one of the most amazing librarys in the world.

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Sydney, Australia
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799 attraction reviews
1,053 helpful votes 1,053 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Its massive ! ...... and as such,it dwarfs the small town of Mafra. its construction defies statistics,considering no expanse was spared in its construction and the evidence bears this out. 52,000 men were employed to build a project that housed 330 friars,a royal palace and one of the finest library in Europe. Decorated with kilometres of precious marble,exotic woods and... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Nobel Prize in literature Portuguese José Saramago made the Palacio Nacional de Mafra the main scenografic place of his storical novel "Memorial do Convento". A place that contains the whole of the Portuguese baroque splendor, built with ample riches that arrived in the Indies and Brazil. The organs and carillons are compelling.

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